Come world cup year we get European clubs scrambling to make up the numbers to be able to still compete in their local competitions.
With all the international players going to the World Cup, clubs still have to compete and stay in the run till their international players return to the clubs and for that reason they find it easy to get players from down south to come on short-term contacts.
Wilco Louw has joined Toulon on a short loan deal for the World Cup.
The French club has signed the Western Province and Springbok prop.
With Western Province out of the Currie Cup the french club announce the short-term signing on Monday.
Another is Bulls hooker Jaco Visagie who has signed with Toulouse also on a short-term agreement.
With the club first choice hooker, Peato Mauvaka away to the World Cup the French Champions needed backup and Visagie fitted their plans.
Exciting young star Damien Willemse may join English champions Saracens.
It will be a great opportunity for Willemse to get a world of experience at the club as he return from injury.
Willemse was not named in the Springbok 31-man World Cup squad and will most properly join the club as cover during the World Cup.
Being involved with Province and the Stormers since he was 18 years old, a move to Saracens may just be the thing that gives Willemse that next step in his career.
We will wait and see who else will join the European clubs in the off season.